Monthly Archives: February 2014

WATCH OUT FOR THOSE ZOMBIE EMPLOYEES!

The Gallup 2013 Engagement Survey produced its usual morbid results. According to the survey, only 30% of employees are “actively engaged” (care about doing a great job every day). Another 52% are “not engaged” (otherwise known as “zombies”) and 12% are “actively disengaged” (purposely trying to work poorly, sabotage, cheat time, etc.). In many cases,… Read more »

EMPLOYERS MUST GIVE LACTATION BREAKS

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires businesses covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow mothers unpaid break time for nursing their child. All employers are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act break time requirement unless they have fewer than 50 employees and can demonstrate that compliance would impose an undue… Read more »

MOTIVATING ENTREPRENEURIAL EMPLOYEES

In a recent survey for the Inc. 500 Companies, entrepreneurs gave these reasons for wanting to work for themselves: Entrepreneurship has suited my skills and capabilities – 29% I wanted to be my own boss – 20% I had an idea I just had to try -18% I wanted financial success – 11% I admired… Read more »

EDITORS COLUMN: SHOULD EMPLOYERS PAY FOR EMPLOYEES’ OBESITY?

As a result to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) both the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and American Medical Association (AMA) now recognize obesity as a disease that requires medical and psychiatric intervention for prevention and treatment. In a sense, the medical standard has expanded beyond morbid obesity to include… Read more »

AN ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION PRIMER

Webster, defines “accident” as “an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and results in injury, damage, or loss.” Accidents cost the construction industry hundreds of lives, thousands of injuries, and hundreds of millions in lost profits, year in, year out. Whenever there’s an accident in your workplace or on the job site, it’s essential… Read more »

IS THAT A CRANE OR A TRUCK? WHY CARE?

If your business use several types of vehicles, it’s important that you classify them properly for insurance coverage purposes. Either of two policies might apply, depending on whether the policy defines the vehicle as “mobile equipment” or as an “auto.” As you might expect, Commercial Auto insurance covers your autos, while your General Liability policy… Read more »

SAFETY TIPS FOR WORKERS WITH SCAFFOLDING

Most construction projects include the use of scaffolding, which can leave your workers vulnerable to injury. To help you prevent falls on site, industry expert recommend that managers follow these proactive guidelines: Slow down or consider efficiency building alternatives. Although the pace of construction work is important, it can easily lead to careless and costly… Read more »

CONSTRUCTION LIABILITY INSURANCE: DON’T START WORK WITHOUT IT

Unfortunately, mishaps on construction sites are all too frequent. The combination of multiple activities with dozens or hundreds of people operating complex and dangerous equipment, often in poor or threatening weather, can easily result in accidental injuries to workers, clients, visitors, and onlookers, leading to litigation that could cost you millions – or even put… Read more »

BEWARE OF MEDICARE SCAMS!

Lee Dorman of Fountain Valley, CA recently got a phone call offering the 72-year-old a new Medicare card in return for providing some basic personal information. Unfortunately, calls like this are all too common, as crooks throughout the nation troll for access to Medicare numbers, which they use to scam Uncle Sam. Whatever the scheme,… Read more »

HOW MUCH LIFE INSURANCE DO YOU NEED?

The answer depends on the circumstances and financial situation of your family. However, industry experts recommend using this five-step approach to come up with an estimate: Calculate your final expenses. The national median cost of a funeral in 2012 came to $7,045; other costs include uncovered medical bills and estate-settlement fees. As a rule of… Read more »